Saturday, April 11, 2009

Earl's Cyber Steals And Deals

24" HP De-Branded Rotating Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI & USB Hub (Black) - Rotates to Portrait or Landscape View! $229
You can find this monitor by clicking the above link to and clicking on the Geeks.Com Piccture and Link at the right side of the OnComputers Home Page. Search on HP 24
Western Digital Caviar "Green" 750GB SATA Hard Drive for $60 + free shipping
The Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. WD7500AACS, again costs $59.99 with free shipping at ($0.08/GB).
Dell Vostro 220 Intel Dual Core 2.6GHz Desktop PC with 19" LCD for $409 + $35 s&h
Dell Small Business offers its Dell Vostro Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2.6GHz Mini Tower Desktop PC with the Dell S1909WXF 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $419 plus $35 for shipping
Acer 22" Widescreen LCD Display for $143 + $9 s&h offers the Acer X213Wbd 21.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. ET.YX3WP.001, for $142.99 plus $8.99 for shipping.

Rosewill 4-Port USB KVM Switch for $35 + free shipping offers the Rosewill 4-Port USB KVM Switch, model no. RKV-4UC, for $34.99. With free shipping, it's $5 under last month's mention and the lowest total price we've seen. This self-powered KVM lets you manage four computers (Mac or PC) with just one keyboard, monitor, and mouse. It includes four sets of non-detachable cables.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Microsoft's 196 Megapixel Camera

Do we need to see every pore in Angelina Jolie's face?  No, that's not what 196,000,000 digital pixels are used for.  Microsoft's photogrammetry group has been photographing the world by airplane with the monster, 196 MP camera in order to ... how to say this, out-Earth Google Earth.

The downside of Microsoft's approach is the need to make endless airplane passes over the free world.  Google earth relies on commercially available satellite photos, so you'll see military facilities in Russia that Microsoft is, shall we say, highly unlikey to get permission to overfly.  But when Microsoft can get over a city, campus, or potential amphibious assault landing site, the 196 MP sure looks pretty.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Texas Plans Ban of Vista From Government PCs

Even though Windows 7 is nearly upon us, the Texas state Senate gave preliminary approval to a budget that would include a policy to ban the use of Windows Vista on government computers. Jack would have loved this one...

Monday, April 06, 2009

Time Warner Actions Bait and Switch (Geek News Central)

"Time Warner should be simply ashamed of themselves and I encourage consumers to pick up the phone and complain to Time Warner directly, email the company and file complaints with your local public utilities commissions demanding more choices in the broadband networks."
I just posted how in Japan the cable company is upgrading to 160 Mbps, here Time Warner is putting a low cap on their users.
Are they missing something or is this their way of getting back at us?

DailyTech - J:Com 160 Mbps Internet Service Upgrades Cost Company Just $20 per Household

Does Japan know something the USA doesn't? I want my 160 Mbps service for only $60 USD per month. I have the fastest cable in Alaska and it's 10 Mbps for $100 per month.
Why do the ISP's in America think we don't need the speed? "Many providers state that there just isn't much demand for such "super-high speed" internet service." Have they asked you? No one ever asked me if I wanted a faster connection.

DailyTech - IBM Walks Away from Sun Negotiations

It looks like IBM and Sun have come up against a wall. Maybe IBM isn't going to buy Sun!

Report: Microsoft to give free Windows 7 upgrades to XP downgraders

April 6, 2009 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. will provide free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades not only to users who buy Vista PCs between June 2009 and January 2010, but also to people who buy systems that have been factory-downgraded to Windows XP, according to a report on the Web.
For those of you waiting to buy a new computer, here is a chance to get Windows 7.
So far I like Windows 7 better than Vista. (I'm running both in 64 bit)


Sunday, April 05, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 04-05-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 04-05-09. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Acer 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Display with HDMI for $190 + free shipping again offers the Acer X233Hbid 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. ET.VX3HP.002, for $189.99 with free shipping.
Western Digital 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive for $58 + free shipping offers the 2-platter Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Desktop Hard Drive, model no. WD6400AAKS, for $57.89 with free shipping.
IOGEAR 2-Port USB 2.0 KVM Switch for $20 + free shipping again offers the IOGEAR Hybrid 2-Port USB 2.0 KVM Switch, model no. GCS22U, for $19.99. With free shipping,
TRENDnet 802.11n Wireless Router for $30 + $8 s&h offers the TRENDnet 802.11n Wireless-N Broadband Router, model no. TEW-652BRP, for $29.99 with $7.99 for shipping.
Seagate Barracuda 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive for $90 + free shipping offers the OEM Seagate Barracuda 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST31000333AS, for $89.99 with free shipping ($0.09/GB).

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Here is another of those articles that give me some hope that we are moving in the right direction. Kind of like the advances in battery charging i put up the week before last, that link being about the major problem with electric cars dealing with charging time. This is kind of the same deal for solar, the main problem with solar is the storage of power, to compensate for cloudy days, and night. The guys at M.I.T. are at it again, this is not one of those in twenty years promises. They are saying in the next few years, this is a system that will work as well in New York City as in rural Africa. And, at a reasonable cost, they express it as instead of thousands of dollars, tens of dollars. Very interesting here is the link
2) It has been a while since I got into one of those over the top story’s, I heard reference to a documentary movie coming out dealing with Rods, or Sky Fish as they are sometimes called. So I thought I would post something on them, I am putting up three sites, first a YouTube news story . Next an article from, there are even instructions on how to film them yourself on page two, they say anyone can film them. And, last the main site from the people who originally discovered them, they are the people coming out with the movie.
3) Now for a new twist on the flying car, this is one that is currently out there, they are flying it, planning flights across the channel, across the Sahara, and it is green. Looks like a lot of fun. While I can’t see them flying around the city, I sure think it will not be long before I see them flying around the countryside. First link a Google video of the maiden flight, And, a link of the spec’s and future plans
4) This is an article about what they are doing to attempt to narrow the field for contacting intelligent life out in space. Now that we have methods of detecting planets, and sort them into types capable of supporting life. They are planning to target those locations, makes sense to me.
5) For my geek link I could not resist this story about the Google street van being mobbed by a small village across the pond. Seems they wanted to maintain their privacy, looks like it has backfired. If they had any tech savvy at all they would have realized when they called attention to themselves on the internet it would be seen as a challenge. Should mention that the name of the village has some connection to one of our hosts, not sure how deep that rabbit hole goes though.